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Young woman looking forlorn

Plagued

“I didn’t know that I had OCD in the beginning. My symptoms weren’t the type that you hear about in the movies.”
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Male, age 19

Flunked Out

“Sophomore year was challenging for me: I was put on academic probation, but I couldn’t face telling my parents, so they didn’t find out until they received a letter in May stating I wasn’t invited back.”
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Female, age 20

Scared

“Things got really scary during my senior year of high school after I was accepted at college. At first I was happy, but then started to feel sick.”
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Male, age 25

Lonely

“OCD-type anxiety is a very lonely illness. Your mind turns in on itself, endlessly deliberating over every thought and task you encounter.”
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Male, age 23

Fired

“I’m 23 and living at my mom’s house because I can’t hold down a job. I got hired right out of college, but then my anxiety flared up and I constantly thought about being infected with germs.”
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Female, age 23

Perfectionist

“Throughout my childhood I was a passionate overachiever. From a very young age I struggled with being a perfectionist, as well as with anxiety and depression, but they were not major factors in my day-to-day life.”
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Mental tightrope walking

Struggling

“I was an honors student back in high school, and my college prospects were promising. But now, six years later, I’m still struggling to finish community college.”
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Female, age 24

Speechless

“I am 24 years old and just finished my master’s degree in health-care administration. I am doing well now, but I have had a lifelong struggle with anxiety that at times made me wonder whether I would ever make it.”
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Woman picking at nails

Procrastinator

“Anxiety is more often than not self-inflicted. I procrastinated in writing this piece until the last minute, regardless of the fact that I couldn’t wait to write it.”
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24-year-old young man feeling lonely

Lost

“While on the outside others might think that I’m doing pretty well for myself, inside I feel like I can’t do anything right and will never be good enough.”
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woman wringing hands

Worried

“I'm a worrier. When I was a kid I used to have a hard time being away from my parents and I'd think about all the horrible things that might happen to them.”
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Young woman staring in mirror as she applies makeup

Obsessive

“All girls worry about what other people think of them, so for a long time I didn’t know my thoughts were any different from anyone else’s.”
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